Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Motivation

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Motivation is a funny thing; it can be the deciding factor between sitting on your butt and running your butt off or, in certain scenarios, between having your brains eaten and surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  OK, so running for survival isn’t exactly a primary form of motivation for most of us today, but it […]

Water Running

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It was about 50°F Wednesday night and raining pretty hard. I wanted to get out for a run right when I got home, before it got much worse, but it wasn’t in the cards. Instead, I headed out in the dark around 7:30. Cold, dark, and soaking wet, outside wasn’t really inviting, but for some reason I just needed to go run and blow off the stress of the week.

A lot of people take one look outside when it is rainy and say, “Screw that, that is totally not worth going out into, even with the proper coat and umbrella.” Nothing sucks more than when you get to your destination soggy and grumpy, with your shirt sticking close to your unflattering body.

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Our first trail running experience

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2FNs went on our first trail run this past Saturday, and I think it is safe to say we have a new favorite way to exercise. I’ve never had that much fun running in my life. Brian, myself, and Ellie headed up to Thatcher Park outside of Albany and hit the trail around the rim of the cliffs. Although we didn’t run the actual Indian Ladder Trail (it was super busy), where we ran was a lot of fun. We started at the overlook and ran for a good while around the cliffs until we were cleanly on the other side, able to look back all the way across.

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Weigh-In Wednesday #1

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Every Wednesday, Dollard and I are going to courageously post our weights.  In addition, each week we will keep track of our mileage and number of runs, to see if there is any correlation between the two. Here are our initial weigh-ins!

10/12/11

Brian: 180.0 lbs
Jon: 235.4 lbs

Why diet and exercise go hand-in-hand.

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Some people possess the will power to limit their food intake, to completely change what they eat. I am not one of these people. My post yesterday stated that I am also not a morning exercise person either, and I am happy to report that did not change today, despite my best attempts and good intentions. The point I am getting at,  though, is this: you can’t rely on just diet and just exercise to shred the weight, because more than likely you will falter on one or the other from time to time.

Fortunately, I had a very low calorie day yesterday, only eating a Lean Cuisine five-cheese rigatoni dinner (300 calories!), which helped make up for my lack of a run yesterday, so I didn’t loose too much ground. Instead of having a 600-700 calorie dinner and burning 300 calories on a quick run, I just limited my calorie intake. So, now I am going to throw some math at you to illustrate my point.

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Morning Runs?

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If you are like me, you are definitely not a morning person. I’ve always wanted to change this, to be productive in the morning and get stuff done . . . I’ve just lacked the motivation to actually do it. I have all I can do to wake up and get Audrey outside in the morning before work, […]

Surviving Holiday and Travel Weekends

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You are well behaved all week, exercised, ate right . . . did everything you needed to do to feel good and work toward your goals. Friday night hits, and lets say, for the sake of argument, you are going out of town to see family. Now, if you are like me, your family likes to […]

Food Friday #1: Quinoa!

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If you are at all like me, you are asking “What in the world is Quinoa?” (Pronounced “keen-wah.”)  Well, I’m glad you asked because quinoa is an amazing grain-like plant grown primarily for it’s edible seeds.  I say grain-like because unlike a true grain it is not a member of the grass family, but rather […]

Sick work out.

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No, this is not me recommending a great work out.   For me the easiest way to interrupt any sort of work out schedule is by getting sick.  Whether it’s allergies, some sort of cold, or flu-like symptoms, it really just takes any desire to exercise right out of me.  Even if the motivation is still […]

Running with Dogs

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I love my dog, Audrey. She has probably the most unique, loving personality of any dog I’ve ever been around. When Ellie gets up early in the morning, Audrey will jump right where Ellie was sleeping and we will snooze until it’s time for me to go to work.

There is one thing about Audrey that […]